Centre Saigon D1 - Hidden charm #1
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Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Private room @ Centre of Saigon - Hidden charm #1
- One bedroom on the 1st floor of a shared 3-bedroom house
- Your own private floor of the house - level 1
- Your own private bathroom
- New queen size mattress
- Towels, soap, tea, coffee and bottled water provided
- Very fast wi-fi with router in your room
- Lots of sunlight
My 4-story house has 3 bedrooms each on their own floor with their own bathroom, a living room, kitchen and half bath on the ground floor, and a gated entryway with a little table and chairs for morning coffee amongst the plants or just zoning out.
The queen size mattress is brand new, there is good wi-fi (router in your room), a desk, two chairs, a good-sized closet for two people and air conditioning. There is TV but most people don't use it. The English language channels here are really lame so we just watch TV and movies on our laptops (I recommend using something called Strong VPN in Vietnam if you want to access things like Hulu etc., if that's important to you). Feel free to use the living room and kitchen.
You can use the washing machine but there isn't much space for hanging things and I personally do not like how clothes turn out when hung to dry. We have most of our laundry and dry cleaning done by a western-style service that for a nominal extra fee can pick up at 9am and get it back to you around 5 or 6 the same day. We have a housekeeper come in every day too. Towels, soap and a bottle of water are provided.
One of the previous guest's favorite things about Saigon is that there are so many hidden places, almost everything seems to be a secret one! This can also be a little frustrating sometimes when you need something in particular and the internet is of no help, so just ask me and I'll try to direct you to what you're looking for. But nothing beats a long day of wandering around, and often when you think you probably aren't allowed to go down some alley, you probably are and you probably should. You just might find the coolest cafe in the city!
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||VUng tau 100 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Tan san Nhat International Airport 4 km, Nearest railway: Hoa Hung train station 3.5 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The Ho Chi Minh City region
Ho Chi Minh City
- Da Kao, District 1, short walk to downtown and sights
- Quiet alley in real Saigon neighborhood but very comfortable for foreigners too
- Lots of good, cheap food and coffee right outside
- 2 co-working spaces in walking distance (many of my guests have used them)
- Running track nearby – Hoa Lu Stadium
- ATMs right at the corner of the stadium.
- Minimarts 24/7 groceries
The best parts of Saigon: Life on the street, the food, the people, and the winding mazes of alleys where you discover it all. My house is right in District 1, a 5-minute walk from the American Consulate and Intercontinental Hotel, but the experience you'll have staying here is totally different from what you'd get at a big hotel downtown or a guest house in the backpacker district. Here, you won't be accosted by anyone trying to sell you greeting cards or manicures, you won't be staying beside the Gucci store or Marc Jacobs (though they are only a 10-minute walk away), you'll be in the middle of people just living normal life and you'll see it up close because their doors are always open!
Walking off the main street called Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, enter hem (alley) 18A and find cafes, very good and cheap restaurants, shops selling produce and other basics, a Buddhist temple, guys playing checkers, people napping, and much, much more. Sit down on the street and have a mango smoothie for 75 cents, or hang out and drink some $1 beers until late. There's plenty of people watching to do and plenty of people to meet. Then, nearing the end of the hem, make two lefts into much smaller alleys and you'll find my house. The main road is busy and buzzing, hem 18A is mellower but still full of action, and our alley is a sleepy respite just a few steps away. Please be aware though that Saigon is a noisy place, so unless you are in a high-rise hotel, you probably will still hear sounds from the outside. The recycling lady, the coconut seller, banana seller, knife sharpener, etc. all have songs that they sing as they walk up and down the alleys to sell their services. Kids play outside in the evenings until about 9pm, and during the day, there are occasionally sounds of work on buildings nearby, but believe me, this is still one of the quietest places you'll find around the area.
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